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The Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographer (RGS-IBG) is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography. They advance geography and support geographers in the UK and across the world.

The British Society for Geomorphology is an affiliate organisation to the RGS-IBG and Steve Brace currently represents RGS-IBG on the Outreach and Education sub-Committee. This page will be updated after each sub-Committee meeting in order to share the latest news and opportunities with members.

Please contact Steve to discuss any of these opportunities [email protected]

Extra Update - 18/06/2020

Geovisualisation Series

As part of their work to promote geography and the work of geographers, the RGS-IBG have a new series to showcase the skill and insight geographers offer in telling stories with data..

While maps and geovisualisations are powerful as standalone images, they are interested in revealing the story behind them, to highlight the ways in which connecting data on people, places and environments underpins effective decision- and policy-making and improves public understanding.

They invite submissions of static maps or visualisations, along with an interview in written and/or video form, to tell the story behind the image’s creation; the data, techniques and approaches; and the reasons for using mapping or visualisation for this topic. In exploring these questions, they want to showcase skill, share work, and encourage their audiences to be critical and ambitious in the maps and visualisations they create and the geographical stories they tell.

Questions and submissions can be sent to: [email protected]


Update - 01/05/2020

What's on

Due to the Covid-19 situation, face to face meetings at the RGS have stopped and they are running activities online. These workshops aimed at teachers have proven very popular and members can see what is available here.


“I am a Geographer” Campaign

The “I am a Geographer” scheme showcases profiles of geographers, there career paths, and how they make an impact on society. The purpose is to inspire young people to choose geographer as a subject to study and the pathway to their future careers.

Members are invited to provide profiles for the scheme and increase the visibility of geomorphology with young people.

The RGS are particularly keen to increase the number of profiles from those working in Industry, such as our Professional Geomorphology members.


RGS Young Geographer of the Year Awards

The Young Geographer of the Year is the Society’s annual competition which recognise the outstanding work of the next generation of geographers. With its age ranges spanning the primary years to A Level the competition encourages thoughtful and creative answers to the competition’s theme which is set each year.

The Society encourages schools to run their own in-house competition and then send their top 10 entries into the national competition. The Young Geographer competition has been running for over 20 years and in 2019 over 15,000 young people took part.


Ask a Geographer Podcasts

The RGS-IBG have been producing a number of geography themed podcasts. Members are invited to listen and to volunteer for future podcasts, but please be aware there is a long waiting list.

Aaron Wyld, the 2019 winner of the Marjorie Sweeting Award, recorded a podcast that has been listened to over 800 times.


Geography of Geographies

A current review is being undertaken to understand who goes on to study geography at university. An external report has been commissioned, broken down by gender, ethnicity, background, across human and physical geography UG courses.

Some data from this is available to Universities on request and will be published in the future.